Syrian refugee electrocuted at Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel announce refugee electrocuted while trying to climb on to Eurotunnel train heading for England

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A refugee, believed to be a Syrian, was electrocuted on the roof of a freight train at Eurotunnel in Calais, the BBC reports.

He is the 10th person that has been killed at the tunnel while trying to reach the United Kingdom since late June.

French and English police took measures at the tunnel to prevent loss of life due to incidents like this.

The measures that have been taken, show that intrusion attempts at the tunnel entrance have been decreasing.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle trains timetable was disrupted for 30 minutes, because of the additional security measures that were taken after the incident.

The refugee, around 20-years-old, got through the fences surrounding the terminal and climbed onto one of the wagons. Authorities said that the man was electrocuted by the electrical cables overhead, the BBC reports.

Eurotunnel said that they stopped the train around 22:20 on Thursday, due to the presence of refugees on the tracks.

After a search on board, authorities found several refugees hiding, some of them unconscious and one injured, Eurotunnel said in a statement.

Hundreds of refugees are camping in Calais to cross the Channel Tunnel.

"This sad incident shows once again that any attempt to travel illegally through the Channel Tunnel is fraught with danger," Eurotunnel said.

Eurotunnel put the number of intrusion attempts at about 150 per night, down from a high of about 2,000 earlier in the year.

"We deplore this event which proves once again that any attempt to cross the Channel illegally carries considerable risks," Eurotunnel spokesman said.

Refugee influx is rising day by day in Europe, where countries are closing their border gates and some European Union member states like Hungary and Bulgaria, are building fences on their borders to halt the refugee flow.

Hungary also deployed soldiers to tighten its borders on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Croatia recently said that they will not prevent refugees from passing through their territory, but warned about mines that may still remain from the war in the 1990’s. Following this announcement, Croatia on Thursday declared that it has closed seven of its eight roads that connect to Serbia “until further notice.”

According to IOM (International Organization for Migration) 473,887 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far in 2015.

40 percent of the total number are Syrians, that is more than 182,000 refugees of Syrian descent.

TRTWorld and agencies